Just like one week ago, the Ohio State football team had a group of top prospects on campus over the weekend. Class of 2015 standouts Ricky DeBerry (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher School), Matthew Burrell (Woodbridge, VA/ C.D. Hylton) and Chris Clark (Avon, CT/ Avon Old Farms) are just a few of the talented recruits to highlight the list of visitors on Friday and Saturday.
Not just two of the top prospects in Virginia, but the entire country, both DeBerry, a 6'2 245-pound linebacker, who could also line up at defensive end on the next level, and Burrell, a 6'7 290 offensive tackle, hold numerous scholarship offers from many of the same programs, including OSU, Alabama, Florida, Penn State, Virginia Tech and quite a few others.
Clark, a one time North Carolina commit, is high on Michigan and Ohio State, and checked out UM before heading to Columbus for his visit at OSU. A big target at 6'6 and almost 250 pounds, Clark, who plays tight end, isn't just a blocker, but also displays great route running and soft hands.
If Twitter is any indication to how the standouts enjoyed their visits, Meyer and staff must have hit a home run:
Just ended my visit at Ohio State. It was great!!! I will be back #BuckeyeNation— Ricky DeBerry (@TheFranchize__) April 19, 2014
Had a great time in Columbus excited to head back out for Easter— Chris Clark (@Clark8Chris) April 20, 2014
Soon after ending their trips, DeBerry, Burrell and Clark all three watched their 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions sky rocket in favor of the Bucks, with many believing Meyer and crew currently have the best chance in adding them to their recruiting class.
Due to the holiday, we hope to bring you more insight on their visits later this week.
OSU offers 2016 lineman:
Another prospect who checked out OSU on Saturday was five-star class of 2016 offensive tackle Ben Bredeson (Hartland, WI/ Arrowhead), who walked away with a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.
A 6'5 270-pound sophomore, Bredeson, the seventh ranked tackle and 20th overall prospect in his class (per the 247Sports Composite), might be young but has his fair share of elite programs after him. Ohio State joins Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa State and Tennessee as programs who have dealt an offer out to Ben so far during his recruiting process.
See why the Buckeyes and others are interested in Bredeson with these highlights on his Hudl page.
2014 basketball signees Keita Bates-Diop (Normal,IL/University High), D'Angelo Russell (Louisville, KY/ Montverde) took to the court this weekend in all-star events. The 6'7 Bates-Diop headed down to Louisville, Kentucky from Normal, Illinois to play in the Derby Classic.
Keita finished with 10 points, knocking down just three of his seven attempts, and grabbed seven rebounds to help his Green squad beat the White, 128-104.
Russell, coming off a solid outing in the McDonald's All-American game, this time suited up for the West squad in the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York.
Only scoring three points, the 6'4 combo guard pulled down eight rebounds and dished out five assists in a losing effort, as the West fell to the East, 158-147.
With one of his five dimes, Russell helped bring the crowd to their feet with this sick alley-oop pass to future SMU guard Emmanuel Mudiay:
In the 3rd Coast Hoops All-Star game in Euclid, Dave Bell finished with six points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
- In what shouldn't be much of a surprise to many, Ben Edwards (Jacksonville, FL/Trinity Christian Academy) decommitted from Ohio State and gave his pledge to the Auburn Tigers after a visit for their spring game on Saturday.
- Per Future150.com, Thad Matta will visit class of 2015 Tennessee shooting guard Andrew Fleming on Wednesday. Fleming, a 6'5 sniper from deep, currently holds offers from the likes of Florida, Memphis, Vanderbilt and others. Could Matta and the Buckeyes be next?